Architecture and Sustainability


MawsonKerr actively promote a strong sustainable agenda; allied with this are qualifications and experience in sustainable methodology. Our approach includes:

Good, innovative design that is site specific and responds to the environmental needs.
Utilize climatic conditions to maximise the buildings performance.
Flexible design that allows buildings to evolve to maximise longevity.
Sustainable construction techniques and modular construction.
Reduce reuse and recycle materials
Low energy and low/zero carbon buildings
Renewable energy
Local materials with low embodied energy
Life cycle cost analysis
The use of Passive House principles, BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes.

Daniel is a Certified Passive House Designer/consultant.  Passive House (Passivhaus) is the worlds leading energy efficient standard and an international benchmark for all low energy/net ’zero’ carbon buildings which is proven to provide an excellent internal environment.  This standard can be applied to many building types such as offices, schools and apartments as well as houses both new build and retrofit.

We understand that the capital costs as well as the running cost are always important in a project and with our experience and knowledge through quality design and detailing we can use sustainability as a tool to provide a cost effective project both in the build cost and the running costs. Promoting good design and getting the fundamentals correct can produce a low energy building and can also reduce capital  expenditure for ’bolt on’ renewable energy technologies in order to achieve a ‘zero’ carbon buildings with the longevity and performance the client expects.

Through our careers both Will Mawson and Daniel Kerr have designed and delivered a range of buildings with a strong sustainable agenda.

New offices for Darlington Borough Council in Darlington is designed to meet BREEAM excellent. The design includes, sustainable constructions techniques using straw bale modular construction, gabions walls reusing material from the existing offices, rainwater harvesting, renewable energy in a purpose built energy centre which provides electricity and hot water from solar thermal and PVs. Multi award winning

Set in rural Cumbria, Sunbeams Music Centre is designed as a highly sustainable BREEAM excellent project. It is designed to PassivHaus standards and uses high insulation values and air tightness, heat recovery, large thermal mass, earth sheltering and ground source heat pumps in order to provide an excellent internal environment. The design also utilizes ethically, sourced low embodied energy materials.

Several other projects include masterplanning for code 4,5,6 sustainable homes in Newcastle, Gateshead, Darlington and Hebburn.